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Album Review

Chick Corea Akoustic Band: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Jim Worsley


A posthumous review of a live record sounds like an oxymoron. Particularly when it seems that Chick Corea was with us only yesterday. The sound of this record is lively, bright, and imbued with a richness of colors. The trio of Corea, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Dave Weckl can take your breath away in an instant. This addition to their rich library is played with as much enthusiasm as it is heart, and with as much passion as it ...

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Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Anyone still needing dogged proof that the late Chick Corea (in September 2021 it feels like ages since he passed, but it was only February) ever played anything less than a joyful note best have their cursor hovering over the purchase button when Chick Corea Akoustic Band Live drops. On this first posthumous release, Corea (sort of) reunites the muscle of The Chick Corea Elektric Band with his totally simpatico rhythm section, namely bassist John Patitucci and drummer ...

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Deelee Dube: Trying Times

Read "Trying Times" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Five years ago, the annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named Deelee Dubé its first British winner and (2016) Sassy Award recipient, landing Dubé a spot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and recording contract for this Concord Records debut. Trying Times marks a major label debut, but Deelee Dubé is no artistic novice. She started violin lessons when she was four and put together her first band when she was fourteen. Her 2016 release Tenderly was produced ...

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Nubya Garcia: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Ian Patterson


London-born and raised she may be, but saxophonist-composer Nubya Garcia's music is pan-global in outlook, reflecting her Guyanese/Trinidadian heritage on one hand, and an openness to music in general, on the other. It should come as no surprise that her full-length debut is laced with Afro-Caribbean and South American rhythms, for Source is a personal proclamation--a musical passport of sorts. Equally, a streak of urban chic—marked by broken beats and dub atmospherics—colors these ten tracks. Yet for all its musical ...

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Nubya Garcia: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Chris May


Tenor saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia's first full-length album has been a long time coming—but the wait has been worth it. Source is a cracker and more than fulfills the weighty expectations that built up in anticipation of its arrival. It was back in 2017 that Garcia debuted with the EP Nubya's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed) and since then she has been a leading light of the new London jazz scene. One of a triumvirate of tenor stars—the other ...

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Album Review

Sergio Mendes: In The Key Of Joy

Read "In The Key Of Joy" reviewed by Jim Worsley


With exuberant Brazilian beats variously smoldering and at full flame, In the Key of Joy (Concord Records, 2019) archives the sound and the ambiance that defines Sergio Mendes. In 2020, the composer, keyboardist and vocalist celebrates more than sixty years in the music industry with this release. No matter how many beautiful songs and engaging records Mendes has provided over the years, many of a certain age will always first conjure up Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66. The ...

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Album Review

Chick Corea: Trilogy 2

Read "Trilogy 2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


In his restless and adventurous sixty year career, Chick Corea has presented his music in a myriad of assemblages, from sideman to leader, solo, duo, quartet, quintet, fusion, traditional, classical, flamenco, world music, etc. And bless him for it. But if truth be told, perhaps the time tested piano trio is the truest representation of his creative trajectory and imaginings. Even a nickel tour through his discography reveals deep riches. From 1968, with Roy Haynes and Miroslav Vitous ...


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